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Balaena affinis Owen 1843 (bowhead whale)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Balaenidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 68972

Full reference: R. Owen. 1843. Appendix to Professor Henslow's paper, consisting of a description of the fossil tympanic bones referable to four distinct pecies of Balaena. Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 4(1):283-286

Belongs to Balaenopteridae according to T. A. Deméré 1986

Sister taxa: Agaphelinae, Archaebalaenoptera, Balaena definata, Balaena emarginata, Balaena gibbosa, Balaenoptera, Balaenoptera borealina, Balaenoptera musculoides, Balaenoptera portisii, Balaenoptera rostratella, Balaenoptera sibbaldina, Balaenoptera taiwanica, Balaenopterinae, Cetotheriophanes, Delphinus brachyspondylus, Diunatans, Eobalaenoptera, Eschrichtiinae, Fragilicetus, Hadrosaurus tripos, Incakujira, Megaptera, Megaptera affinis, Megapterinae, Megapteropsis robusta, Miobalaenoptera, Nehalaennia, Notiocetus, Parabalaenopterinae, Plesiobalaenoptera, Plesiocetus, Praemegaptera, Praemegapterinae, Protororqualus

Type specimen: Its type locality is Felixstow, which is in a Gelasian foreshore horizon in the Red Crag Formation of the United Kingdom

Ecology: aquatic suspension feeder